Ten Benefits of the Two Referee, Two Linesman System
• No longer have to pay
all those royalties to the guy who wrote "Three
• Whistles can be tuned
to different keys and in-game officiating crew becomes
post-game barbershop quartet.
• Allows fans to make
side bets on which ref calls more penalties and which
linesman throws more guys out of face-offs.
• Trail official can help
immobile defensemen to the bench for a line change.
• Conspiracy theorists
have another guy to blame for hosing their team.
• Stock price rises for
zebra-print garment manufacturers.
• What's more beautiful
than the graceful skating stride of an official?
• With skyrocketing oil
prices, having another guy to chip in for gas is a godsend.
• Gives NCAA larger selection
pool for officiating Frozen Four games now that Steve
Piotrowski has retired.
• Decided advantage in
street rumbles with basketball officials (as if that
didn't exist already).